I have cerebral palsy, which means I walk with a limp. Sometimes it can vary from a no limp, to slight limp, to major limp.
I think there is a stigma attached to disability and other illnesses in the South Asian community because as soon as they see that you’ve got a visible difference, they immediately judge you and label you as ill.
Because I have a disability, they think that I’m unable to do anything by myself and I need to be looked after by my mum for the rest of my life.
When you grow up in a heavily Pakistani community, the girls are normally married off in their late teens, but because I’ve got a disability it was always said to me “you’ll be fine, you don’t need to worry about it because you’ll stay at home.”’
With Fixers I want to urge the South Asian community to be more accepting of people with disabilities.
Yes I’ve got a disability, yes I’m different, but I have just as much as a right to be here and exist as much as you, so don’t make me feel like I’m not worth something, when I am.